Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev speaks during the Kazakhstan People's Unity Day celebrations in Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev Thursday delayed a planned land reform which had triggered a wave of public protests across the Central Asian nation, but warned he would take tough measures against further challenges to his authority.Rallies which have taken place in several major cities over the last two weeks have been relatively small, but even hundreds-strong protests are rare in the former Soviet republic which Nazarbayev tightly controls.Nazarbayev criticized the government for failing to explain the reform to the public adequately.Opponents of the reform had announced plans for more protests, challenging Nazarbayev, 75, who has run the oil-rich Central Asian nation since 1989 and tolerated little dissent.
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